The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 29, 1955 · Page 11
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 11

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, September 29, 1955
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PAGMTWELY1 BITTHEVrLLE (AMR.)" COURIER NEWS Episode Number Three In 'An Idiot's Delight' Witti our morale bolstered slightly by last week'i effort, we undertake the task at hand today with a little more optimism. We lot our batting average a little above Uw meager 50 per cent mark at the first week bf lucking up on 11 decisions while missing elcW (that included the Pap-Poplar Bluff game). Our percentage wu M, bringing the year'i tola! te M correct selections against M mbies for 61 per cent. And we console ourselves mildy in Hie fact that four of our misses were considered Mpaett. Of course, the upset* we picked failed to materialize. • • • BUT WITH the With* spirit of the deluded, we totter through the mate, unmindful of our folly, with some strange looking predic- Moot for this week's games. BUrttn#r out with our weekly bonuc pick, we choose John Koldufi' Papoose eleven to gain vengeance at Whitehaven, Term., tonight for tbeir reversal of two weeks back. The Paps have a scrappy team, and despite the size of Whitehaven, we believe they can p«H out what they practically had won teat Mm* — 95-19. • * • 1<H£ CHICKS, facing their toughest test of the season against Pin* Blufi at Haley Field tomorrow night, will have to pull all the •tops to come out victorious over the rugged Zebras. The word is »at Pine Bluff is probably the best in the state, with the possible Mteeption of Little Rock. Once again, the Chick. wM be o«marine6 ae far u reserves Hid a4te are concerned, and thl> time ttejr're going against a team that's a loo In top shape and on* that doesn't make many mistakes. It will take great spirit and hustle by the Tribe, but we think tbey'H have tt to the tune ol a Jl-14 victory. • • • »ATW«DAY'S GAME »t FayettavHle appears to b« much the >ame situation lor U» Baiorbacks as Blytheville faces Friday night. The Porkers will be outmanned without doubt by what Jack MitcneH has called "the most perfect football team I've ever seen." TbM no doubt ii u exaggeration by that master strategist, but ike Frogi can be classed a* probably the best all-around team In the conference. And it will take a massive effort by the Hogs to make a respectable showing against the Texas powerhouse. But that effort hat never been lacking ::; s Dud's Day game- at Fayetteville where the Porks have been mighty tough on visitors. That's why we're picking Arkansas to upset the Frogs 14-7 in a tingling Southwest Conference opener. • * • OUR OTHER BIG upset selection this week is probably another foolhardy choice, but we believe Pittsburgh will drop mighty Oklahoma from its high perch and snip the longest major winning streak in the nation. One other comment before we hurry through the others. Georgia Tech appears set to ride herd on the Southeast Conference and SMU faHed to show much against the Irish last week — all of which may or may not mean anything . . . anyway we like the Engineers 25-14. • * » MARYLAND SHOULD nip a powerful Baylor, Burdette will slip by Osceola, Auburn over Florida, Texas A. and M. over Houston, Texas Tech to romp over Oklahoma Aggies, Notre Dame in a toughy over Indiana, Michigan to take Michigan State, Penn to drop California, Army over Penn. State, Purdue ove( Minnesota, Navy to down South Carolina. ^ Duke to whip Bowden Wyatt's Vols, Mississippi State over Memphis State, Ohio State to crush Stanford, Washington over Oregon, Colorado over Kansas, Tulaiie over Northwestern, Iowa over Wisconsin and Princeton to halt Columbia. Miscellany... Here's one for your collection of sparkling observations tossed along the air waves of radio and television by sharp-eyed, quick- tongued sports commentators. Following the recent Marciano-Moore engagement one was heard to say: "It was just another case of a good big man against a good little man." (statistical note: complaints weighed in for the fight at 188 pounds and 188',4 pounds respectively.) And here's another one, this time from yesterday's world series opener. When Jackie Robinson stole home In the eighth inning the radio announcer's words went something like this: "Jackie came pumping down the line and slid across the plate almost by the time Whitey Ford had let ffo of the bal! ..." Then he proceeded to chatter about some other "interesting" aspect of the game or the sponsor's sharp-edged product. All t>ic while, our more fortunate friends who were watching on the video tell us, the most stringent argument of the day was going on at home plate over what actually was a very close play ... It even brought Casey Stengel out of the dugout. LATEST WORD from Fayeuevllle is that Blytheville's trio of freshman gridders are well placed among the 50-odd candidates for the team and are really putting in the work . . . Even John Fong has lost a couple of inches from his waistline . . . We also heard that Billy Michaels was offered a chance to play against Oklahoma A. and M. at Little Rock Saturday but turned it down in favor of continuing in the red shirt. 3B Crown May Be Decided At Osceola Tomorrow Night OSCEOLA'—Coach Wallace Jack- ing all week." son's Seminoles take on the undefeated Burdette Pirates tomorrow night at Hale Field in a game that could decide the championship of District 3B. The seminoles have defeated Lepanto and have lost to Blythevinc and West Memphis in their three staru. The Pirates, on the other hand, have defeated Marion and Keiser and Class A Trumann. Keiser was favored to repeat as 3B district champs. Nelson Hopkins, who was injured in the West MemphU game lait week, and who it the Seminole*' number two ground gainer, probably will «e very little action. Coach Jackson said if the Seminoles play the same type of game •gainst Burdett* that they did against West Memphis, their chancel of winning tomorrow are food. He »aid, "If hustle and spirit will win, we should not have any trouble because our* has been outstand- Th« Cleveland Browns, cham- ploni of ttie FL, will pity five exhibition ganwt prior »o the start of trie MMOU. The junior Seminoles play Marked Tree tonight. Chicks Await Rugged Test Zebras Due Tomorrow With Big, Fast Squad With their big test just one day off, Blytheville's Chickasaws tapered off today from tw« weeks of intensive drills with limbering up exercises and dummy scrimmage scheduled for Rugged Ouirth . .. *• Huffman . . . Jodi* Kill Yank Double Play in. 4th Decisive Factor in Game By TED SMITS NEW YORK (AP) — What was the decisive factor in the first game of the 1955 World Series: the three Yankee home runs? The pitching of Whitey Ford and the relief work of Bob Grim? It was none of these, in the opinion of Carl Furillo of the beaten Brooklyn Dodgers. A great many baseball men such as Manager Casey Stengel of the Yankees agreed with him. "The turning point was that double play that Billy Martin started in the fourth inning," said Purillo. "It looked as if we had Ford on the run and then boom—" The score was tied at 3-3 and home runs by Purilio and Duke Snider as well as a booming triple by Jackie Robinson had perhaps unsteadied Ford a bit. Then in the fourth Don Zimmer drew a base on balls. Don Newcombe forced him, but Junior Gilliam worked Ford for another walk and the Yankee dugout began to stir. Vital Jump Up came the always dangerous Pee Wee Reese. He cracked a sharp grounder deep to Martin, and the peppery Yankee second baseman made a clean stop and a fast throw to Phil Rizzuto. Despite Gilliam's hard slide into second, Rizzuto's peg ahead of Reese. reached first The Yankees went on to win 6-5 and gain a jump that has proved vital in the series nearly two times out of three. The team that won the opener has won the series 32 times and lost it 19. To baseball men this sparkling double play at the precise moment it was needed was all important. It overshadowed the five home runs and Jackie Robinson's spectacular steal of home in the eighth. Shoats Slowly Take Form of Grid Team PAYETTEVILLE — Some 50-odd Razorback Shoats—under the coaching of Tracy Scott—are now starting to take on the looks of a football team. First as ammunition for the varsity; then through days of fundamentals; and now to an offense of their own—the squad is in the preliminary stages of practicing for the opener against S.M.U. fresh- man in Texarkana on October 6. Scott took a good look at his squad as they ran through some plays and promptly declared, "we're very happy about our backfield depth. There are some fine boys in that group." As for the line, he stated that talent was there but not Haley Field tonight. Blytheville takes on its second Big Eight foe of the year here tomorrow night when the Fine Bluff .Zebras come to town. The game promises to be the top home show provided for Chickasaw football fans this season and probably the toughest the Tribe will face all season. The Zebras are unbeaten in two games, though they have one tie, 0-0 with Fort Smith, marring their slate, and are touted as the number two team in the state. TD Punch . The Zebras have been hard at work this week developing their touchdown punch. Mistakes nea the goal appeared to be all tha stopped them against Port Smit last week. They moved the ba well through Grizzly defenses un til they got close and had two o three touchdowns called back by penalties. Pine Bluff boasts a powerful speedy spIit-T attack built aroun running of halfback Rex Hardiite *nd Charles Dawson and fullback Royce White. Bubba Ferguson It passing demon at quarterback and competent runner. The line is big to go with the Ze bras' speedy backs. Pre-season es tlmates by Pine Bluff Coach Mar cue Kaufman 'indicated the line would average 175 pounds. The Ponies have plenty of exper ience with 13 lettermen returning Including six in the backfield. Spirit has been high In the Chick camp this week. Heavy work con tinued through yesterday with em phasis on passing and pass defense and defense against Pine Bluff, T-tricks. Spirit, Huitle And lots of spirit and hustle are going to be needed by the Tribe. "It's going to take a great team effort and plenty of hustle to'bea Pine Bluff." Coach Bill Stanci said. Conditioning will once more be a vital factor, and Pine Bluff is ex pected to be in fine shape. "All we can hope is that we'n In a little better condition than they are," Head Coach Russel Mosley said. Aside from some bruises and hurts, Ed Moore is the only squa member expected to miss the ac tion. Moore has another knee in jury suffered in.practice. Tw former major league short stops art managing teams in the International League. They are Skeeter Newsome at Syracuse and Luke AppHng at Klchmond. in he quantity experienced in he Junior College. backfield. "I'd consider this to be at leasl an average squad," he stated, "but it's difficult to know without playing two Southwest Conference teams but—that "it'll certainly be a tough way to start a season." The Shoate meet Texas Christian' Wogs in Fort Smith on October 21—then finish up with Oklahoma A&M, Tulsa and Little Rock Grid Predictions TCU Tilt Will Test Arkansas By ADREN COOPER LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas fans will find out Saturday whether the University of Arkansas Razorbacks have a winner — or just another pretty good football team. If the Porkers' rapidly progressing offense can operate effectively against Texas Christian this early n the season, they probably will nin ei.ough confidence to play their next seven foes pretty even. Coach Jack Mitchell believes that lis Hogs won't reach their peak offensively until three or four more Saturdays. Money Men Give Seven Nevertheless, we believe the Porks will capitalize on their chance to displace TCU in the top en national ranking. Arkansas 21, Texas Christian 13. You probably know by now that the boys who put dp money on.such things are call- ng it by seven points the other r ay. Two other Southwest Conference teams this week — Maryland and Georgia Tech. * The top ranked Maryland Terapins probably will enhance their reputation at the expense of Baylor and Georgia Tech likely will have a real battle with Southern Methodist — the team that could turn out to be the best in the southwest. Call 'din}) Maryland 21, Baylor 6 and Georgia Tech 14, Southern Methodist 13. Southern Cal Over Texas In other games involving conference games, Southern California to whip Texas in a Friday night contest; Rice by a touchdown over Louisiana State, and Texas A by a fairly comfortable margin over Houston. In Arkansas college football, Arkansas State, Arkansas Tech and Little Rock Junior College carry and The College of the Ozarks over over Magnolia, Fayetteville over ' Rogers, Van Buren over Spring- East Central Oklahoma. The Little Rock Central High favorite tags. Arkansas Tech Southern State 7, Arkansas State 19, Arkansas A&M 6 and Little Rock Jaycee 13, Ouachita 6. State teams should break even in two games with out-of-staters: ichools will get shots at two rated Southeast Missouri over Henderson No Beer JRefresJies Like Tigers probably are hungrier than at any time in the past decade. For that reason they'll probably make their first victory of the season a convincing one when they tangle with Hot Springs. Pine Bluff Over Chicks Pine Bluff is the choice over Blytheville in what might be termed a mild upset, and El Dorado over North Little Rock. Other top high school games: Fort Smith over Subiaco, Fair Park High of Shreveport over Texarkana, Newport over Jonesboro, Stuttgart over De-Witt, Smackover dale. Forrest City over Helena, Harrison over Russellville, Benton over Catholic High of Little Rock, Conway over Ciarksville, Malvern over Sheridan, Camden over Arkadelphia, Crossett over Monticello and Walnut Ridge over Searcy. Paragould over Piggott, Marvel over Harding, Harrfsburg over Marked Tree, West Memphis over Pocahontas, Osceola over Burdette, Bauxite over Morrilton, Lakeside over Fuller, Rlson over Dermott, Dumas over Lake Village, Eudora over McGehee, Warren over Hamburg and White Hall over Watson Chapel. MEMPHIS - FRI. SEPT. 23 thru-SAT. OCT. i 9 GRAND and GLORIOUS DAYS 9 ECLIPSING EVERY FAIR IN THE PAST! M**t Your Fritndt Al The Mid-South F«ir And Enjoy An Unfor9«rt*Mt Holiday Of Enttrt«inm«nt And HvMtion! SEE! THRILL TO MANY GREAT EVENTS! GIANT SPORTS SHOW OUTSTANDING LIVESTOCK SHOW NATURE'S NURSERYLAND MIGHTY ARMED FORCES SHOW FREE FORD EVERY DAY DO IT YOURSELF EXPOSITION 4.H — FHA — .FFA PROJECTS FREE SHOWS IN EVERY BUILDING Paps 'Ready' For Journey To Tennessee The Blytheville Junior High} well; RHB — Charles Watson; FB Paps, pronounced "fit and ready" by their conservative coach, John Koldus, headed for their game at Whitehaven, Term., today. The Paps, after a week of most intensive drill, take on the Whitehaven Juniors a't 6:30 p.m. tonight, in a return of the game here two weeks ago when Whitehaven squeezed past the Paps, 19-18, on a touchdown in the last 30 seconds. The Papoose first string appears intact with the exception of end Jerry Manley, who's been nursing a split tongue all week. Manley did not appear at the Paps' final drill last night and was not in school during the day »o his status as a starter is doubtful. If Manley doesn't go at right end for the Paps tonight, John Logan probably will. Graham Hurt Most serious injury of the week occurred when substitute halfback Gene Graham fractured his left arm above the elbow in Tuesday's scrimmage. Graham will likely sit out the balance of the season in the stands. A brighter spot in the Papoose wigwam is Eugene Williams, a promising lineman who recently transferred from Clarksdale. Miss. Koldus was optimistic about Williams* chances of seeing action in tonight's game as a defensive lineman. Halfback Jim Stilwell, hobbled most of the week with a variety of injuries, probably will be ready to start. Charles Watson and Jan Jarrett Will act as game co-captains when the Paps go against the heavier Tennesseans In an effort to avenge the hea rt-breaklng defeat of two weeks -igo. The Paps' probable starters are: LE — Dave Burnett; LT — Ray Nelson; LG — Alvie Betts; C — Jimmy Bruce; RG — Bill Joe Harvison; RT — Harold Pulley; RE —: Jerry Manley or John Logan; QB — Jan Jarrett; LHB — Jim Stil- 1 — Jim Pulley. Shaw Inks Grid Pact With AF DENVER (JPH-A step toward pulling the U. S. Air Ftorce Academy into the ranks of the future football power* wu taken with th* signing of Lawrence T. (Buck) S»w ai head coach yeiterday. Shaw, a 56-year-old veteran ol college and professional coaching. waa signed to a five-year contract at an undisclosed rum. It take* effect Jan. 1, 1956. He was named civilian consultant to the Academy football staff lut summer. This petition will be terminated tomorrow and Col. Robert V. Whitlow, athletic director, will double AS head coach of the school's first team. It plays an dght-g*rii« schedule against regional freshman teams thl£ fall. The Academy's football blueprint calls for stepped up varsity competition starting In 1&5«. It is to culminate in annual games with Army and Navy and the scheduling of major opponents (rom top conferences across the nation. Bach Moves Up Front NEW YORK tf) — Jo* Bach'i last three football seasons hava been spent coaching the Pittsburgh Steelers In the National Football •League. This season the 54-year-old former Notre Dame athlete will help Coach Lou Little of Columbia, sharing line coaching duties wtth Johnny Bateman. »«r* T beat* par for pleasure! 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